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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 195 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MESSUAGE (from Anglo-French mesuage, probably a corruption of mesuage, menage, popular Lat. mansionaticuni, from mansio, whence mod. Fr. maison, from manere, to dwell), in law, a term equivalent to a dwelling-house, and including out-buildings, orchard, curtilage or court-yard and garden. At one time messuage " is supposed to have had a more extensive meaning than that comprised in the word house, but such. distinction, if it ever existed, no longer survives.
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